Tuesday August 28, 1934

(no entry) We know she is spending time with family in El Paso and preparing for the move to Roswell for her second teaching job.

A little bit to look forward to in the coming months – she hopes to get her own apartment in Roswell – it’s harder than you think.  And you’ve heard of school overcrowding – wait until you find out how many students are in her homeroom class!

Here’s what else was happening 80-years-ago today:

Upton Beall Sinclair Jr.jpgMuckraking author Upton Sinclair won the Democratic Party nomination for Governor of California.

The Challenge International de Tourisme aviation contest opened in Warsaw, Poland

In an address to 2,000 Catholic nurses, Pope Pius XI commented on the Abyssinia Crisis by saying, “A war of sheer conquest and nothing else would certainly be an unjust war. It ought, therefore, to be unimaginable – a thing sad and horrible beyond expression. An unjust war is unthinkable. We cannot admit its possibility, and we deliberately reject it … if it be true that the need for expansion and the need for frontier defence do exist, then we cannot forbid ourselves from hoping that the need will be met by means other than war.”

A crowd protests the courts closing  The Caravan Club, a gay friendly club in London.

Some more about the W.A. Carsey Family.


Carsey family 1953: From left: Alan, Norman, Elizabeth, Tommy, Arnold, Frank
Carsey family 1953: From left: Alan, Norman Elizabeth, Tommy,
Arnold, Frank

Elizabeth and Arnold married in 1938.  They celebrated 47 wedding anniversaries before Arnold died of a stroke.  They have four children – all boys.  Weldon Alan was born in 1939 and earned a BA in Electrical Engineering from the University of NM.  Norman was born a year later and attended the University of NM before going into business with his father and Alan in Flagstaff, AZ.  Alan went on to purchase a campground in Maine and Norman retired from the Westinghouse Nuclear Facility in New Mexico.   Frank came along in 1943.  He and younger brother Tommy, born in 1946, went on to earn PHD’s.    Frank earned his Doctorate in Physics from UCLA.  He worked on experiments in Antarctica.   Before retiring, he was published in several scientific journals and even appeared in two scientific documentary’s.  Tom has been published in many journals as well for his research for NOAA in the Coastal Ecosystem Group and Ocean Chemistry.   Grandma was so proud of her son’s.  She said she was only waiting for one to receive a Nobel Prize!nobel


Obviously intelligence was not on short order in the Carsey household, with two teachers at the helm, it was probably expected.   Please remember, Grandma taught Spanish and English – they were probably the only scientists and engineers with proper grammar!

Throughout their childhood, the Lancaster siblings were also a strong influence for the Carsey boys.   They grew up knowing their aunts, uncles and cousins.   Many keep in touch to this day.   In fact, since I grew up in the same town as my grandparents, I was also privy to the Lancaster’s special connection.   We would often attend celebrations where the group would open up singing “Hallelujah”  at the top of their lungs – often with wine glasses raised in the air for a toast!  Such love and fun!


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